Spring and Summer Maintenance with a Rotary Broom

 May 10, 2018

A rotary broom is useful for much more than sweeping grass clippings off the sidewalk. Whether you typically mow large open spaces, like parks, playing fields and extra-large lawns, or handle multiple residential lawns, there are lots of tasks a rotary broom can accomplish.

A rotary broom can be used to clean gravel, leaves, litter left by runoff, or other debris from grassy areas. With the bristles adjusted for the right height, a power broom can also sweep embedded straw and other mulch out of re-seeded areas once new grass is well established. And with the brushes set low, you can dethatch lawns to provide more air and water to the root systems.

If you offer core aeration, you know that the plugs can be unsightly and take several weeks to dissipate. For places that demand manicured grass, like golf courses, using a rotary broom after aerating will break plugs up. (Plugs can also be swept up for collection and reclamation.)

Trees create lot of litter, and it’s not just fall leaves. Pine needles can quickly build up into a slippery carpet, but with a rotary broom they can be swept onto a tarp for collection and composting. Use a rotary broom to clean away acorns, locust and catalpa seedpods, and sweet gum balls, either leftover from last year or as they drop. You can also sweep away sticks and leaves after high winds or other storms.

If you provide landscape construction or sprinkler installation in your service offerings, a rotary broom is a useful tool to backfill holes or trenches. And if your crews leave dirt, mulch or gravel piles on customers’ driveways while they’re working, a rotary broom can make clean up afterwards faster and easier.

Rotary brooms can also be used on tennis courts without damaging the clay surface, and to clean other hard surfaces like outdoor basketball courts, playgrounds and concrete decking.

Exmark’s 36-inch Rotary Broom features easy to operate controls and simple height adjustment. The broom height can be fine-tuned in 1/8-inch increments, so you can get the right height for any task, and the broom angle can be adjusted 20 degrees left or right with a simple thumb latch. Additional bristle discs for concrete or turf expand the brooms versatility, and the commercial-grade Kohler Command engine can be adjusted for multi-season use by rotating the air intake. Accessories include a high-capacity debris box to collect sweepings, dirt deflectors, and even a snow cab for winter use.

With its wide variety of tasks and capabilities, a rotary broom can expand your offerings and make your landscaping business more competitive and profitable. See your local Exmark dealer for a demo.